Johnny Bench 2003 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Souvenir Logo Patch
I would consider myself a fan of Johnny Bench. I have always admired his dedication to the game, and I like the fact that he stayed loyal to his team while the era of free agency took hold in the early 1980′s.
This is the third card that I picked up from one seller a few weeks ago on Ebay. I’ve showcased the other two (Joe Morgan and Ernie Banks) in other posts, so now it is time to give a little spotlight to Mr. Bench.
Check out the card:
While I don’t currently have the extensive collection of Johnny Bench baseball cards that I seek, I have to say that this is the first time I have ever seen a card of him while playing defense at another position other than catcher.
Yes, I knew he was used as a ‘roaver’ at times to keep his bat in the line-up but give his knees a rest from catching.
But, I have never seen a card showing him without his catcher’s mitt!!!
My keen eye tells me that this photo of him was taken while playing third base. Did you know that Bench played in 195 games, over eight seasons, while manning ‘The Hot Corner’???
Very cool – and unique too!!!